The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
This free curriculum guide from the New-York Historical Society explores the contested efforts toward full citizenship and racial equality for African Americans that transpired in the fifty years after the Civil War. Examining both the activism for and opposition to Black citizenship rights, the materials in this curriculum underscore how ideas of freedom and citizenship were redefined by government and citizen action, and challenged by legal discrimination and violence.
New-York Historical Society
The African-American Civil Rights movement is typically seen as having taken place mostly in the 1950s and 60s, when a confluence of social and economic factors enabled political change. The movement, however, has much deeper roots, and thus our toolkit starts in the 19th Century, some two generations before leaders like King, Parks, and others were born. Viewing the Civil Rights movement as a generational one provides a broader perspective on the ideas and people at the foundation of this work to achieve “a more perfect union” for all Americans.
The interactive projects provide young people with engaging and meaningful opportunities to learn about Congress and civic participation using primary sources from the Library’s online collections.
The Library of Congress
In this Close Up in Class Controversial Issue in the News, we will examine the various methods of voting used in the United States, explore the idea of voting entirely by mail, and challenge students to consider the pros and cons of one of the paths forward.
Students will examine the foundations of the United States and explore how its diversity has been part of its history.
Bill of Rights Institute
Students will learn about the history of the holiday of Juneteenth, analyze text sources that reveal important symbolism and rituals in Juneteenth commemorations, and reflect upon the significance of Juneteenth as an American holiday.
The Choices Program
Using the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul as a landmark, students will analyze the structure as the primary source for learning about its significance. The lesson will combine writing, art, and historical context.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This unit of lessons and tools examines the structure, function, and powers of the legislative branch of government.
Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born Black nationalist political leader who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association, was both praised as a visionary leader and dismissed as a dangerous subversive during his lifetime. In this lesson, students source biographies and government documents to discuss Garvey's “Back to Africa Movement” and consider why Garvey was such a controversial figure.
This unit focuses on Japanese-American incarceration during World War II, and asks students to analyze Japanese Americans’ responses to this injustice through the lens of non-violent direct action. It consists of five lessons, and a suggested summative assessment, as well as possible extensions.
Washington State Historical Society
This lesson plan explores the Supreme Court cases known as the Guantanamo cases so that students understand, among other takeaways, how our institutions make a tradeoff between national security and civil liberties in times of conflict.
This inquiry-based lesson combines individual investigations with whole or small group analysis of primary sources and visual media to investigate the compelling question: How have the intersections of race and place impacted U.S. history and culture? Concepts such as belonging and mobility, content areas that bring geography and history together, and opportunities to construct original arguments around the significance of place, race, and U.S. history are included in this lesson.